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A major publishing event: an unprecedented look into the life of the woman who most singularly shaped Barack Obama: his mother. President Obama has written extensively about his father, but little is known about Stanley Ann Dunham, the fiercely independent woman who raised him, the person he credits for, as he says, ´´what is best in me.´´ Here is the missing piece of the story. Award-winning reporter Janny Scott interviewed nearly 200 of Dunham´s friends, colleagues, and relatives (including both her children), and combed through boxes of personal and professional papers, letters to friends, and photo albums, to uncover the full breadth of this woman´s inspiring and untraditional life, and to show the remarkable extent to which she shaped the man Obama is today. Dunham´s story moves from Kansas and Washington state to Hawaii and Indonesia. It begins in a time when interracial marriage was still a felony in much of the United States, and culminates in the present, with her son as our president - something she never got to see. It is a poignant look at how character is passed from parent to child, and offers insight into how Obama´s destiny was created early, by his mother´s extraordinary faith in his gifts and by her unconventional mothering. Finally, it is a heartbreaking story of a woman who died at age 52, before her son would go on to his greatest accomplishments and reflections of what she taught him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: January LaVoy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/001689/bk_peng_001689_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue:COMMENT´´November 9th´´, by George Packer: 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. ANNALS OF NATIONAL SECURITY´´Defending the Arsenal´´, by Seymour M. Hersh: In an unstable Pakistan, can nuclear warheads be kept safe?ANNALS OF SCIENCE´´Nightmare Scenario´´, by Margaret Talbot: How to write away bad dreams.THE TALK OF THE TOWN´´Perfect Paper´´, by Ian Parker: The New York Yankees victory parade.THE CURRENT CINEMA´´Death Calls´´, by David Denby: Reviews of The Messenger and The Box. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/091111/pe_nyer_091111_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue:COMMENT´´A Lot of Gas´´, by Elizabeth Kolbert: Bad policy on the campaign trail. THE TALK OF THE TOWN ´´The Trade´´, by Ben McGrath: New Yorkers get a taste of Tebow.PROFILES´´Mayor Presumptive´´, by Rebecca Mead: Christine Quinn’s patience. THE WAYWARD PRESS´´Mail Supremacy´´, by Lauren Collins: The paper that rules Britannia. PERSONAL HISTORY´´Dentists Without Borders´´, by David Sedaris: A French way with teeth. THE CURRENT CINEMA´´Kids at Risk´´, by David Denby: Reviews of The Hunger Games and Bully. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/120328/pe_nyer_120328_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Chris Edwards and Don Boudreaux on the stimulus and bigger government Sallie James on how to free trade in services. Michael Cannon on the uncertain future of American health care. Jeffrey Rosen on whether Obama will protect our civil liberties. Robert Pape on the rise of suicide terrorism in Afghanistan. Ted Galen Carpenter on how the American drug war is ruining Mexico. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Caleb Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/cato/090401/sp_cato_090401_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The definitive biography of Henry Kissinger, based on unprecedented access to his private papers No American statesman has been as revered or as reviled as Henry Kissinger. Once hailed as ´´Super K´´-the ´´indispensable man´´ whose advice has been sought by every president from Kennedy to Obama-he has also been hounded by conspiracy theorists, scouring his every ´´telcon´´ for evidence of Machiavellian malfeasance. Yet as Niall Ferguson shows in this magisterial two-volume biography, drawing not only on Kissinger´s hitherto closed private papers but also on documents from more than a hundred archives around the world, the idea of Kissinger as the ruthless arch-realist is based on a profound misunderstanding. The first half of Kissinger´s life is usually skimmed over as a quintessential tale of American ascent: the Jewish refugee from Hitler´s Germany who made it to the White House. But in this first of two volumes, Ferguson shows that what Kissinger achieved before his appointment as Richard Nixon´s national security adviser was astonishing in its own right. Toiling as a teenager in a New York factory, he studied indefatigably at night. He was drafted into the U.S. infantry and saw action at the Battle of the Bulge-as well as the liberation of a concentration camp-but ended his army career interrogating Nazis. It was at Harvard that Kissinger found his vocation. Having immersed himself in the philosophy of Kant and the diplomacy of Metternich, he shot to celebrity by arguing for ´´limited nuclear war.´´ Nelson Rockefeller hired him. Kennedy called him to Camelot. Yet Kissinger´s rise was anything but irresistible. Dogged by press gaffes and disappointed by ´´Rocky,´´ Kissinger seemed stuck-until a trip to Vietnam changed everything. The Idealist is the story of one of the most important strategic thinkers America has ever produced. It is also a political Bildungsroman, explaining how ´´Dr. Strangelove´´ ended up as consigliere to a politician he had always abhorred. Like Ferguson´s classic two-volume history of the House of Rothschild, Kissinger sheds dazzling new light on an entire era. The essential account of an extraordinary life, it recasts the Cold War world.
In this series of lectures, Professor Ken Masugi of Johns Hopkins University examines the importance of rhetoric in American politics. Political speeches have, since the nation’s inception, defined and shaped American politics. Professor Masugi demonstrates how the greatest American political speeches take their bearings from the Declaration of Independence and the Federalist Papers. As the lectures proceed, Professor Masugi investigates the rhetoric of America’s most revered statesman, Abraham Lincoln, before exploring the works of other transformational U.S. presidents, including Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Professor Ken Masugi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/006161/bk_reco_006161_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Every day, President Obama reads ten representative letters among the thousands he receives from citizens across the land. The letters come from people of all ages, walks of life, and political points of view. Some are heartbreaking, some angry, some hopeful. Indeed, Obama reads as many letters addressed ´´Dear Jackass” as ´´Dear Mr. President.” Eli Saslow, a young and rising star at the Washington Post, became fascinated by the power of these letters and set out to find the stories behind them. Through the lens of ten letters to which Obama responded personally, this exceptionally relevant and poignant book explores those individual stories, taking an in-depth look at the misfortunes, needs, opinions, and, yes, anger over the current state of the country that inspired ten people to put pen to paper. Surprisingly, what also emerges from these affecting personal narratives is a story about the astounding endurance and optimism of the American people. Ten Letters is an inspiring and important book about ordinary people and the issues they face every day - the very issues that are shaping America’s future. This is not an insider Washington book by any means, but a book for the times that tells the real American stories of today. From the Hardcover edition. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robertson Dean. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002787/bk_rand_002787_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.